In late February 2018, Xcel and Denver signed a Memorandum of Understanding, or “MOU” that was touted as a way for Denver to work towards its goal of a 100% renewable energy. Clean Energy Action took a close look at the MOU and found that the substance did not match the hype. A summary of that analysis is below and the full analysis is attached.
A key goal of the analysis is to help Denver advocates recognize the limits of the MOU so as to better advocate for a cleaner energy future and for advocates in other communities to begin to better understand what is happening when their City representatives are talking about signing an MOU with Xcel.
Summary of the Analysis of the Xcel-Denver MOU
The Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Denver and Xcel (Public Service Company of Colorado or PSCo) executed in late February 2018 is primarily a document of lofty statement, but is non-binding and contains no commitments from Xcel to reduce the carbon intensity of their electricity and move to a high level of renewable energy. Rather, the MOU could easily serve to distract the City of Denver and its residents from efforts to decarbonize their electricity and even could be used by Xcel to entice the City of Denver into supporting Xcel’s proposals at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission that are very likely not what most Denver residents and businesses would support if they understood them.
Find the full analysis here.
Please join Clean Energy Action and Empower Our Future for:
A Community Discussion About Our Energy Future with
Alice Jackson, Xcel VP for Rates and Regulatory Affairs
Monday, June 27th
First Presbyterian Church
1820 15th St, Boulder
(Corner of Canyon and 15th)
This will be an excellent opportunity to hear Xcel’s top PUC witness discuss all that is going on at Xcel and to share with her the concerns of the Boulder community about climate change, decarbonizing our electricity, supporting competition in the solar industry and our vision for a livable future.
Update on Municipalization: The PUC Process
6 pm to 7:45 pm
Monday, November 16, 2015
Boulder Main Public Library
Boulder Creek Room – Main Floor
Light refreshments will be served at 5:30 pm
Please join Clean Energy Action, Empower Our Future, New Era Colorado, 350 Colorado, and other local groups for an update from:
Deb Kalish, Assistant City Attorney, City of Boulder
Act Now: Tell the PUC to Uphold Boulder’s Right to Municipalize
On November 4, 2015 the Colorado PUC is scheduled to hear Xcel’s Motion to Dismiss Boulder’s application for separation from the Xcel system. We hope you will express your support for the City of Boulder with a short message to the PUC and if you can, by attending the actual proceedings (business attire is best.)
Boulder has a clear Constitutional right to form a municipal utility, but of course Xcel would like to stifle that right in its effort to maintain its monopoly status and to continue to provide electricity that is dominated by coal and natural gas.
If you believe Boulder’s Constitutional right to municipalize should be respected (and/or think we can do better than 30% renewable energy!), then please send a quick note to the Colorado PUC.
Tell the PUC to uphold Boulder's right to form a municipal utility
This petition is now closed.
End date: Nov 04, 2015
Signatures collected: 113
Attend the PUC Hearing at 11 am, November 4th at 1560 Broadway, Suite 250 Denver, CO 80202 or watch the webcast.
Read an informative op-ed on the legal background of the proceeding by retired attorney Phil Wardell.
Review Boulder’s municipalization PUC docket.